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3.8
672 Ratings

The Wedding Banquet

喜宴 | Xi yan

Directed by Ang Lee
United States, Taiwan, 1993
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Synopsis

Gay couple Wai-Tung and Simon are happily living in New York. However, Wai-Tung’s nagging parents want to see their son marry and have children. The couple have a plan: Wai-Tung will marry Wei-Wei, an acquaintance in need of a green card–but his parents arrive to visit and things get out of hand.

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The Wedding Banquet Directed by Ang Lee

Awards & Festivals

Berlin International Film Festival

1993 | Winner: Golden Berlin Bear

Academy Awards

1994 | Nominee: Best Foreign Language Film

Independent Spirit Awards

1994 | 6 nominations including: Best Feature

Golden Globes (USA)

1994 | Nominee: Best Foreign Language Film

Critics reviews

Under its frothy satire of lavish Chinese wedding customs and the secret domestic masquerades of parents, gay lovers and fake spouses lies a telling comparison of Chinese ritualised public sexuality and private, individualistic Western coupling. Balance, both in the treatment of rival culturs and narrative outcomes, is Lee’s goal, and the film’s final reimagining of the idea of family restores that key Confucian tenet, harmony.
July 31, 2015
The humor in it feels right out of the gay-comedy playbook, down to the scene when Wai Tung is forced to tuck away his tell-tale homo objets d’art, La Cage aux folles–style, when mom and dad come to town… But the kind of causal intimacy with which the film depicts the relationship between Wai Tung and boyfriend Simon (Mitchell Lichtenstein) is still largely missing from screens all these years later.
June 11, 2012
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